San Antonio International Airport (SAT)
Located 9.2 miles from the hotel; approx. 13 min.
Supershuttle shared ride van: $15 one way; $28 RT
Estimated taxi fare: $25-$29
The bus is $1.30 from the airport to downtown.
Things To Do in San Antonio
VIVA, VIA's new bus service line to popular destinations.
River Taxi Cruise the River Walk to access dining and entertainment venues. Strolling along the River Walk is fun, too!
Both Uber and Lyft operate in San Antonio.
Parking at the Grand Hyatt San Antonio
Overnight Valet $39
Overnight Self Park $29
In a June 26, 2018 ruling, the Supreme Court found constitutional Presidential Proclamation 9645. 9645 restricts travel to the U.S. from nationals of five Muslim-majority countries: Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Please see the July 20 memo from MESAʼs Task Force on Civil and Human Rights for further information.
Even with a valid visa, it is important for international travelers to stay abreast of developments. We recommend reading Know Your Rights: What To Do When Encountering Law Enforcement at Airports and Other Ports of Entry into the U.S. These helpful tips from the ACLU will serve as a guide to anyone undergoing stringent evaluation at the airport. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has created a Border Search Pocket Guide that can be printed and carried during travel.
Visa Waiver Program
Changes to the Visa Waiver Program were implemented in November 2015. Changes include new passport requirements (e-passports), the Electronic System of Travel Authorization (ESTA) which all VWP applicants must use, and restrictions on people who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, and Yemen since March 1, 2011. If you have traveled to one of those countries you cannot travel to the US under the VWP. You will need a visa. Information.
As of April 1, 2016, e-passports are required for those traveling under the VWP. These passports have a machine-readable zone on the biographic page, and a digital chip containing biometric information about the passport owner. Information.
Electronic System for Travel Authorization
The Department of Homeland Security has established the “Electronic System for Travel Authorization,” an automated system to determine eligibility to travel under the VWP. All persons traveling under the VWP must apply for an ESTA. Approved ESTA applications are good for a period of two years. Further information is available here.
As always, we suggest getting everything in order for travel to the U.S. in advance of purchasing airline tickets. We encourage you to read the information on these new programs by following the above links.
Share your stories of border crossing troubles with MESA's Executive Director, Amy Newhall at firstname.lastname@example.org.